The Sun Behind You

sunsetpeter

sunsethill

… if you ran, time ran. You yelled and screamed and raced and rolled and tumbled and all of a sudden the sun was gone and the whistle was blowing and you were on your long way home to supper. When you weren’t looking, the sun got around behind you! The only way to keep things slow was to watch everything and do nothing! You could stretch a day to three days, sure, just by watching!
~Ray Bradbury from Dandelion Wine

This is a time to slow down and just watch, in order to stretch the days out as long as possible.  I have a tendency to race through the hours given to me, heedless of the sun settling low behind me surrendering the day to the advancing march of darkness.

So I choose for now to be observer and recorder rather than runner and racer, each moment preserved like so many jars of sweet jam on a pantry shelf.   The sun may be setting, but it is taking its time.

tammingasunset

sunsetkids

sunset817

2 thoughts on “The Sun Behind You

  1. Awesome pictures and words,, as always. I continue to enjoy your posts. I am always amazed at your very busy life and how you combine mothering, doctoring and farming,still making time for the things that fill your spirit. Thanks for sharing with others.

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  2. Thank you, Jackie although I’m only mothering from afar and “on loan” these days. These are the children of neighbors who came and spent the evening with us, and it reminded me how only yesterday (surely it was only yesterday!) our children were running hard on the hill at sunset. Or maybe it was 15 years ago…

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